Airline Equipment: Now that’s a number!



Posted: June 17, 2015

As a passenger, a business traveler or just a once-a-year vacationer, not many people realize what all goes on behind the scenes of an airline in order to get the right equipment to the right location and at the right time.

SPIRIANT and SkylogistiX make sure that no aircraft, no flight ever leaves an airport with wrong equipment or less equipment.

To give you an idea of the massive number of equipment large airlines have to deal with – let’s assume, there is an airline called “Apple Airlines” – who owns 50 A380s – each A380 flying twice per day carrying an average of 350 passengers. That is just 35000 passengers per day. If we were to assume, that each passenger used at least 5 plastic cups that day, it would be around 175,000 cups. Stacked one into each other, it would be twice as high as the Burj Kalifa – the tallest building in the world!


So how does an airline like Apple Airlines make sure that there are enough plastic cups, that they are stored properly, where is the place for all this? How do all the plastic cups get to all the different origins and destinations all over the world?

Enter SkylogistiX –the JV partnership between SPIRIANT and K+N, that help airlines keep track of all this and much more! They make sure that only each equipment items is at the right place at the right time in the right quantity, but they also ensure that it’s warehoused and transported efficiently in order to reduce an overall environmental impact and at the same time, save costs for the airline! This way the airline can really focus and invest in what is most important – the passenger.

Oh and in case you were wondering how many cups Lufthansa uses – in 2014, LH used 120 million cups worldwide – now you do the math!

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